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Janice Rita Weidenborner
Company: Third Point Reinsurance
Job title: Executive vice president, group general counsel
2016: Executive vice president, group general counsel
and secretary, Third Point Reinsurance
2013: General counsel, Ariel Reinsurance
2011: Associate general counsel, ACE USA Property and
2007: Associate general counsel and chief compliance
officer, ACE Bermuda Insurance
2005: Associate general counsel, ACE Tempest Re
2001: General counsel, ACE Financial Solutions
2000: Associate General Counsel, ACE Limited
1987: Joined Cigna Special Risk Facilities, New York
My main focus is on reinsurance transactions, SEC compliance
and reporting, and governance matters presented by and to
our board of directors. I am fortunate to have followed a
career trajectory where I have taken on many new roles,
each with increasing responsibility and broadening my
experience, and which ultimately prepared me for the many
facets of this role.
What has been the biggest challenge you have encountered?
On joining Goldman Sachs, day one of my role as general
counsel for Ariel Re brought news of the parent company’s
plan to separate the reinsurance business from Goldman;
this plan effectively transformed my role from reinsurance-focused
The strategic direction of the company brought many
significant challenges I had not anticipated: navigating
the transactional documents and numerous legal issues
arising from the spinoff; changes in the business plan and
imperatives; and subsequent sales of the company.
It was vital that I balanced the numerous demands, prioritised
effectively and knew when to ask for help. Through this
experience, I learned to manage the legal issues arising from
new business lines, how to effectively manage resources, and
to take a deep breath and ready myself for each next challenge.
Janice Weidenborner worked on the business side for eight
years before embarking on a career in law. A graduate of
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, she began her career
as an aviation underwriter in New York with Cigna Special
Risk Facilities. Soon thereafter, she obtained her MBA in
finance at Fordham University, changing the course of her
career, taking on a senior credit analyst role at Cigna. Upon
completion of her law degree, Weidenborner assumed an in-house
counsel position at Cigna, counselling specialty P&C
units in bankruptcy and regulatory matters.
Why did you choose to work in this industry?
In targeting my first post-grad professional role, I had three
key requirements: to work in a big city (ideally, New York),
for a large corporation, and in the field of aviation, the
focus of my undergraduate studies. All three criteria were
met—I successfully landed in New York City as an airline
underwriter at Cigna Special Risk Facilities.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
As group general counsel of Third Point Re, a NYSE-listed
company, my leadership of the legal and compliance
functions of the group companies allows great breadth of
“Day one of my role as general counsel
for Ariel Re brought news of the parent
company’s plan to separate the reinsurance
business from Goldman.”
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